I was just thinking on my way home from work, the different songs that reminded me of different people and experiences in my life. There are too many, but I thought I’d map out my year (beginning October last year because I want to include the Monash phase) with twelve songs at the top of my head.
Sunset, The XX
This scene perhaps, only became more significant because Kristine had taken a picture of us- Zhe and I singing to sunset while we walked towards the carpark in Monash. I think this was a Friday. We were saying how the song reminds us of a significant person in the past that had hurt us real bad. Few months down, I watched The XX live in Singapore (by far the best concert I’ve attended). While I heard the song, I didn’t think of hurt. Mostly, I just thought of being closer to you.
Blindsided, Bon Iver
Night drive after an udon dinner. It was our last night together and it was drizzling, while the boys at the back seat talked about religion, we sat quietly, listening. This was made into a video, parked under the chapter ‘Wouldn’t want your priest to see this’ with porno music background.
All the things I’ve done, The Killers
This year on our way to mini putt (I won, yay), a friend of mine whom I found out sang really well told me that he loves The Killers. He even offered to sing me one of his favourite tracks and I enjoyed every moment of it.
The Light, Darren Ashley
Two weeks of extreme fun, sitting and working next to Pao. We probably annoyed all our colleagues around us but I remember laughing so much. We were looping this song, like crazy, like two crazy people.
The Best Thing, Electric Youth
In Drive’s soundtrack. I don’t like Ryan Gosling but I seem to really love his movies, except The Notebook where I remember laughing at inappropriate scenes. That, watching The Notebook was when I was 14. He came over with a potted daisy, cookies and a tub of ice cream.
Happy with you, Blackbird Blackbird
Exactly my sentiment when she sent me that song
Best Song Ever, One Direction
Sue me. This song is so damn catchy, I love it. Plus, it will always remind me of my trip to Ipoh and Gopeng with my friends. We did very decent stuff. Among all that beer, we also bought Kodomo Lion toothpaste, grape flavoured. We sang to this song countless times and it was stuck in my head for days.
Chasing Pavements, Adele
I cannot describe how much I loved these three minutes or so, Mohee, Nikki and I standing out at the patio, silently dancing to this song and commencing to talk about the randomest things, like kings and pie and laughing ourselves senseless.
23, California Wives
First heard their song at Books Actually, Singapore. I took it as a secret discovery, where this song (playlist) was also playing when I was flipping through a friend’s past through old stories and photographs, the rest concealed in my memory and my memory only.
Clarity, Zedd ft. Foxes
Angie’s trademark song. Which brings me back to our trip to Kuching to cover the Rainforest World Music Festival. At that time, I felt that I had just entered a new chapter in my life. Everything felt foreign and I could only wait in awe. Kuching was fun, and the butter squid at stall 55 was a lifesaver. Also, waking up to vices, which was a terribly good feeling.
Why’d you only call me when you’re high, Artic Monkeys
The park near Michelle’s house. Since everything was quieter, accidental collisions felt like the lasted a little longer. This was when Nikki surprised me with her hidden talent of speaking in accents. An old American mobster one at that.
Take Care, Beach House
From a trailer of a movie, which in about a months’ time, Erik and I will attend the premier in London, after our getaway in Prague and Vienna. Travelling together, especially to Vienna, seemed like something we must do in our lifetime. I’m not sure if I should call this two week holiday ‘A New Chapter’, ‘A Page Break’ or just ‘A Holiday’. We’ll see. Plus this song makes me want to fall in love all over again.
Hold up your glass for a second, let’s toast to being transitory.
We don’t forget, but something vacant settles in us.